Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2012- A Year in Review

It's that time of year again- the time where we reflect on what we've accomplished this year and look ahead to what we hope to do in the next year. The staff at NextGen decided to look back at everything that's happened this year- here's just a few of the highlights from 2012:

This year NextGen went through an extensive rebranding process, from the addition of new staff members, to a new website, to even moving the office to a new location!

In 2012, NextGen added new members to all areas of the business, including IT and professional recruiters and a new sales representative. Early in 2012, a sourcing team was also formed. Since being formed, the sourcing team has played a big role in helping the recruiters and helping manage NextGen's social media presence and community involvement.

By the end of the year, the brand new website was launched, featuring our new logo along with several new features for prospective candidates. Representatives from many local businesses also were in attendance for the re-branding launch party held in November. Attendees took part in great art, food, and music while getting to see some of the changes made in the company and also benefit local charities. 

A few of NextGen's staff members at the November Launch Party

Staff Events:

Days of .Net

NextGen acted as a sponsor for the Days of .NET conference and made ourselves available to chat about our services with talented professionals local to the St. Louis area, as well as nationwide.  We spent the day speaking with hundreds of people skilled in, and interested in learning more about .NET.  We proved to be a very popular booth with our drawing for St. Louis Cardinals tickets and Gus’s Pretzels (a St. Louis favorite). 

The Price is Right
From time to time the NextGen staff holds team building fun events. This year the entire staff was invited to join in a fun evening of food and games by attending The Price is Right Live. Even though nobody from our office was chosen to be a contestant on the show, it was a lot of fun to cheer on the other contestants and spend time together outside of the office.

Race for the Cure
In June,  some of the NextGen staff, along with their families, came together to participate in the Susan G. Komen Foundation's Annual Race for the Cure. It was a lot of fun to join over 51,000 people to help fight breast cancer!
 NextGen races for a cure

United Way Partnership
This year, NextGen partnered with the United Way for several events throughout the year. Over the summer, NextGen and Michael Kors teamed up to put on an event for St. Louis female professionals, called Purses With a Purpose.  Female professionals from the area enjoyed champagne, cheesecake, and enjoyed great Michael Kors merchandise while benefitting the United Way Women's Business Council.

NextGen also partnered with the United Way to help benefit the Kingdom House. Staff members spent an afternoon helping in the consignment shop and food pantry. The staff also held a food, clothing, and toy drive to benefit the Kingdom House and St. Louis Food Bank- we ended up raising over $6000 of goods!

NextGen staff helps to sort the canned goods we collected


2012 was certainly a busy year for NextGen. We can't wait to see what 2013 has in store!

NextGen Nears Top of the List for Local Minority-Owned Businesses

NextGen is steadily moving up the rankings of top minority-owned businesses in the St. Louis area. The St. Louis Business Journal recently announced their annual list of top women and minority-owned businesses. This year, NextGen was ranked 3rd in local minority-owned businesses. Moving up from the number 4 spot in 2010, the company made over $79 million in revenue in 2011.

All of the staff here at NextGen are proud of our growth and look forward to continue growing in the future!
To read the full article, click here.

Monday, December 10, 2012

NextGen Founder in the News

This past week, NextGen founder and President Carmen Jacob was featured in the St. Louis Business Journal.The article highlighted Carmen's accomplishments in the IT industry and shared how she became so successful. We are honored to have a President who worked so hard to get to where she is! The full article can be seen on the St. Louis Business Journal's website here.

This weekend, Carmen was also on hand to represent NextGen at the Inaugural Marine Corps Scholarship St. Louis Awards Dinner. Among those honored were David Farr, Chariman and CEO of Emerson, and George Roman, Vice President of State and Local Government Operations at Boeing. NextGen is proud to be a part of honoring those who have served our country and made a difference in the community.

Carmen Jacob with some of the Marines being honored at the Awards Dinner.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

NextGen Attends MSDC Gala

This past weekend, the St. Louis Minority Supplier Development Council held their annual Awards Gala. Some of NextGen's staff attended the event at the Four Seasons Hotel and enjoyed the honor of being nominated for an award. The theme at this year's event was "The Power of One". NextGen is proud to be a Minority Owned Business and enjoys supporting other locally owned and minority owned businesses in the community.

NextGen founder Carmen Jacob, Vice President Lori Eaton and Manager Kristina Wilson with Kim Applebaum of Monsanto


Monday, December 3, 2012

NextGen Gives Back

Everyone at NextGen is getting in the holiday spirit this year. This past week, NextGen partnered with the United Way to spend the day volunteering at the Kingdom House in St. Louis. Employees got to spend time touring the facility, working in the consignment shop, and sorting food for the food pantry. We had a lot of fun meeting some of the employees at Kingdom House and putting together outfits in the store!

Some of NextGen's employees sorting food in the pantry

Employees working in the consignment shop

All of us at NextGen are extremely thankful to Kingdom House for letting us come help out! For more information on the great things the Kingdom House is doing in the St. Louis community, visit their website at www.kingdomhouse.org